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May 22, 2011

{A Bloggy Break....}

Please excuse our lack of posting lately.
has completely gotten in the way!


Kids.  The end of school.  Work and then more work.
You know..... the fun LIFE stuff.
Until things become a little more clear and well rounded for the both of us,
will be on a slight break!

Thank you to our always-loyal readers...we know you understand the reasons for this small interruption in crafty goodness!

We will return as soon as possible.


~ Tammy + Annie ~

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May 17, 2011

{Front Room Improvements}

I thought I'd show you a few changes I've been making to my front room.

First of all, I replaced the curtains.

I was more than tired of the red regal tassled beauties (circa 2002), and searched patiently for something a little less attention-grabbing at a great price.
After a couple months, I found these new panels on clearance at curtainworks.com for a really great price...$20 for both with free shipping. I then found the rod on clearance at Jo-Ann for $10.
So for just $30 I transformed the room!
The height of the new panels really makes the room feel bigger and more to scale with the vaulted ceilings. I also love the slight lustrous finish and the dark green color.

Here is the rest of the room:

I moved the ironwork art from above the window to above the candle table/temple picture to give the display some much-needed height.

I've collected various candlestick holders from thrift stores and department store clearance aisles, in a variety of shapes and sizes, and I spray painted them all black.
I had to really use my imagination a few times to see the "potential" of them...

Case in point:

I know my decorating style includes a few quirky objects scattered around the house that people might think are ugly, but they just make me happy, so they stay...

Case in point:

This little teapot called out to me from a thrift-store shelf a couple years ago, and I've displayed it in a few different places. But it finally found its home when I "planted" a dollar store fern in it.
I don't know why I love it, I just do!


I also moved the trunks to that wall on the left (see this post).
See the cedar chest under the window?
It was my mom's "hope chest" and she brought it to me last time she visited.
I have big plans for it. But I'm not sure what they are yet!
I can't decide what color to paint it.
I've gone from black to white to grey to red.
Any suggestions? 

 I still see this room as a work in progress, but little by little it is turning into a room that I love.


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May 10, 2011

{Garage Sale Finds}

It's Garage Sale Season!
Here are my finds from this past weekend:

This red coral pillow was $1.
It still had the original price tag on it for $19.
It smelled fresh and clean and came from what I could tell was an immaculate home, so I snatched it up.
It looks great on my wooden rocker.

I'm a bookworm.
I love decorating with books. Especially beautiful old books.
So when I found these delightful
1952 children's U.S. history books
at 3 for a quarter, I didn't even think twice.
My 9-year-old  son thinks they look great and can't wait to read them!

I spotted this cute teapot from the road and knew it was going to be mine...that is, if it was less than 5 dollars.
Lucky for me it was only $2!
I love it.

I'm always on the lookout for these memo boards to use for hair bow storage.
We have a lot of bows at our house.
You'd think I had a dozen daughters, but I have only two. 
My girls have never gone a day in their lives without a bow in their hair (you think I'm kidding, but no).
This is only about 1/3 of our collection.

So when I found this one still in its original packaging, I tried to strike a bargain with the seller. I offered $1.50, and she accepted!
It never hurts to try.

All in all, I'd say it was a very successful start to Garage Sale Season for me.

Here are some tips for you mommies out there:
You can go garage saling (I'm declaring that a real word) with your kids.
  • Pack a lot of different kinds of snacks and some toys you wouldn't usually have in the car. I like giving them new stickers or notebooks with fun pencils that will keep them happy. And don't forget the sippy cups.

  • I wait for a parking space that is right by where I'll be browsing, and I leave my kids in the car with the windows down so I can hear them and they can hear me. If I can't get a parking space right next to the driveway, then I wait for one. It's SO worth it to not have to get your kids out of the car and battle with them while you're looking for treasures. Also...if the sale goes deep into the garage and I'm forced to go inside where I can't be near or see my kids, I don't go in. No treasures are worth risking my family's safety.

  • I also involve my kids when I'm looking for sales. They have competitions to see who can find the signs, and they love helping me look for the arrows to tell me where to go  (hopefully they won't take you to an octopus). The first one to actually spot the sale is the big winner! Sounds lame, but it works for us.

  • The more fun you can make the whole adventure, the longer you can be out treasure hunting on Friday and Saturday mornings!

If you have any more tips, please let me know in the comments.

Have fun out there!


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May 8, 2011

{Happy Mother's Day}

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May 4, 2011

{Make Your Own TWIX}

I have always loved me a TWIX bar.
I may or may not have eaten one every day for lunch in 7th grade.

So...when I came upon a few different recipes for homemade TWIX bars I knew I had to try them out! I have since made these many times and have tweaked the recipe to my liking.

They really do taste like the real thing...maybe possibly even a little better!

48 Club Crackers (a few more than one sleeve)
1 c. graham cracker crumbs (one sleeve)

1/3 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 c. vanilla baking chips
* Most recipes call for milk chocolate chips. I have tried milk and semi and I thought both were good....but one day all I had was 1/2 a bag of semi, so I decided to add vanilla chips to them, and it turned out to be the perfect combination for my taste buds! I do it this way every time now.
Place one layer of Club Crackers in a lightly greased 13×9 casserole dish.
Use your food processor or blender to make graham cracker crumbs, and pour into a heavy sauce pan. Combine remaining ingredients into pan and heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 5 minutes (continue to stir). It should look (and smell) like caramel.
Carefully pour mixture over crackers.
Immediately place another layer of Club Crackers on top, pushing them down into the caramel mixture gently.

 Melt chocolate chips in microwave (on high in 30 minute second increments [thanks to a reader for pointing out that mistake!], stirring between each), and pour on top of crackers.
Refrigerate until cool, and then cut and serve.

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May 2, 2011

(BLOSSOMS FRAME + printable for Mother's Day}

Looking for a quick and easy Mother's Day gift?
Well, look no further...

I found this unfinished frame at Michael's for $1.00.

I spray painted it glossy black, hot glued a few simple rosette blossoms made from fabric scraps (see a great tutorial here) and some loose pearls, and inserted a quote that will have meaning to our mom.

One of her favorite songs is "I Often Go Walking," a song we often sang as children at church around Mother's Day. Annie used her mad skillz to turn the last line of the song into art, so I printed it out and framed it. I then used some fabric scraps to hang the frame from.

I think our mom is gonna love it!
(I told her not to read our blog this week, so shhhhh....)


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Here's the quote image if you'd like to print/use it for yourself:

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